1978 AL East Gauntlet (Best of 15)
#7 Toronto Blue Jays (59-102) vs #6 Cleveland Indians (69-90)
Andre Thornton and Buddy Bell have big series and Rick Waits records 2 win as the Indians win the series 8-3. Cleveland moves on to face Detroit.
#6 Cleveland Indians (69-90) vs #5 Detroit Tigers (86-76)
Indians race out to a 4 games to 2 lead but only win one more as the Tigers win the series 8-5. Staub and LeFlore big offensive series. Detroit moves on to face to the Orioles.
#5 Detroit Tigers (86-76) vs #4 Baltimore Orioles (90-71)
The Tigers stun the Orioles winning the last 3 games and taking the series 8-7. Tigers win game 7 coming from behind from a 4-0 deficit. The Tigers move on to face the Milwaukee Brewers.
#5 Detroit Tigers (86-76) vs #3 Milwaukee Brewers (93-69)
Tigers with another upset this time beating the 3 seed Brewers 8 games to 5. Rusty Staub with a big series and Jason Thompson hits 4 bombs. Tigers move on to face the Red Sox.
1978 AL West Gauntlet (Best of 15)
#7 Seattle Mariners (56-104) vs #6 Oakland Athletics (69-93) Best of 15
Oakland wins the series 8 games to 2. Moves on to face #5 Chicago White Sox
#6 Oakland Athletics (69-93) vs #5 Chicago White Sox (71-90)
The A’s win again in a mild upset as they beat the White Sox 8 games to 4. Pitching depth for Oakland the difference. A’s move on to face the #4 Minnesota Twins.
#6 Oakland Athletics (69-93) vs #4 Minnesota Twins (73-89)
The A’s run is over as the Twins get on top early with great pitching from Goltz, Zahn, Marshall to dominate the series 8-2. Twins move up the gauntlet to face Texas.
#4 Minnesota Twins (73-89) vs #3 Texas Rangers (87-75)
Fergie Jenkins and John Matlack are dominate and the Texas sluggers come through late in games as they beat the Twins 8-6 in a good one. Rangers move on to face the 2 seed California Angels.
#3 Texas Rangers (87-75) vs #2 California Angels (87-75)
Rangers beat up on the Angels 8 games to 2 to advance to the Western Division Gauntlet Championship series versus the Kansas City Royals in what should be a real fun series.
#3 Texas Rangers (87-75) vs #1 Kansas City Royals (92-70)
In a back and forth series the Royals come out on top 8-6. Amos Otis slams 6 homers including 3 in the series clincher. The Royals will face the AL East Gauntlet Champion for the AL Pennant.
The Royals are the AL West Division Gauntlet Champions